After a quiet month for the horses whilst the bosses got married we had a very busy week at Hickstead taking most of the yard out to jump. We started the week off with the young horse classes and on day 1 they all qualified for their respective finals jumping double clear in the qualifier's. David with his 7 year old California 19, Louise with Trevor Breen's 7 year old Hello Vivendi and Lola with her's and Louise's 5 year old Miami 19 and David's 6 year old Galwaybay Merbreaker. Day 1 also saw Louise taking a tumble at the final fence in the 1.40 which sadly meant she was unable to jump for the rest of the show. Shane Breen kindly stepped in to jump the 7 year old final with Hello Vivendi and finished in a very respectful 7th place having never sat on the horse before! Our Warrior 5 year old Miami 19 was also very impressive in her final finishing 6th with Lola.
The older horses were also in top form with 4 of them qualifying for the 1.30 final. David had 3 rides, Rebecca Allison's Obama JD, his own Curley Sue and Double Deuce Retto. Lola also qualified her's and Ali Jackson's new horse Berlin. For all the horses it was their first time in the international arena and they jumped great but the star of the class was Curley Sue who finished 2nd in a very fast jump off
David finished the show in style with the ever consistent Chessy 17 with a 4th place in the All England Grand Prix. It was a particularly testing track with only 8 clears from over 60 starters. An extremely unlucky fence in the jump off meant she just missed out on her 2nd Hickstead title for this year after taking the Queen's Cup just over a month ago.